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Lapis Luna Vintage Jazz & Classic Swing Music

Lapis Luna brings you the captivating jazz of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s with a classic glittering sound. Standards, enchanting ballads, obscure swing-era gems, and vintage melodies the way they were meant to be heard: vibrant, fun, romantic, and cool.

The Lapis Luna Quartet is in an open run on Thursday evenings from 9pm to Midnight in the Plaza Hotel's Rose Club on Fifth Avenue at Central Park South. There is no cover, but there are marvelous drinks and champagne — of course!

The band is Shawn Aileen Clark on vocals, John Merrill on guitar, Chris Pistorino on bass, and Brian Floody on drums and percussion.

New York Magazine has identified Lapis Luna as an 'Ultimate New York City Wedding' band choice for four years running, and accordingly they were the wedding band for Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Geoffrey Arrend's (500 Days of Summer) nuptial celebration. Lapis Luna has also recently been featured as the swing band in the ad campaign for Kate Spade's new fragrance 'Twirl.'

In addition to their open engagement at the historic Plaza Hotel, Lapis Luna has other exciting performances in the city this spring, including:

Friday, May 20, 2011, 7:30pm to 9:30pm with the Lapis Luna Six. Smalls, 183 W. 10 Street at Seventh Avenue. A concert at one of the best jazz clubs in New York City. $20 at the door. Begin your evening in the sweetest, swinging way.

For more information on Lapis Luna, including full schedule, song list, and videos, please go to www.lapisluna.com or their Facebook page.

Jake Hertzog Trio Live At Miles Cafe This Friday!

Jake Hertzog, one of the most original and exciting young guitarists on the of the modern jazz guitar and fusion. Drawing from extensive experience in the jazz world and indie rock scene, Hertzog has developed a truly original sound.  At only 24 years old, Jake has already released two critically acclaimed fusion albums, Chromatosphere (2009, Thats Out) and Patterns (2010, Buckyball).  A distinguished graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Jake performed with jazz greats Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Michael Wolff, Mike Clark, and Greg Osby. In 2006 He was also the youngest ever winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival Jazz Guitar Competition and was invited to open for John Scofield at the 2007 Montreux Jazz Festival.

As a result of touring the US as bandleader for Nickelodeon pop-stars Nat and Alex Wolff, performing in arenas, and playing with dozens of indie rock bands in the New York scene most notably "Wakey Wakey",  Jake developed a ferocious performance style, uncommon in the jazz world.  In addition to an aggressive performance schedule, Jake is an active jazz educator and has done workshops all over the world.  He currently writes a jazz column for Guitar Player Magazine (US) entitled “Hey Jazz Guy”, and has been coined "The jazz ambassador to the non-jazz world".  2011 will be an exciting year for Jake Hertzog, as a new album is set to be released late spring, as well as Jake's singer-songwriter project "The Young Presidents" will also be releasing a new album.

The Jake Hertzog Trio, featuring jazz legends Harvie S and Victor Jones is one of the most dramatic and exciting 'force of nature' acts in the instrumental world.  The unforgettable live experience is somewhere between, Jimi Hendrix and John Mayer, Pat Metheny and U2, Keith Richards and John Scofield.  The only way to find out is to experience it yourself.

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The band:

-Harvie S-  (bass)

The legendary Harvie S has performed and recorded with masters in music including Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Jim Hall, Michael Brecker, Gil Evans, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Art Farmer, Toots Thielemans, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Chick Corea, Erik Friedlander, Danilo Perez, Paquito D'Rivera, Pat Martino among many others and hailed by Jazz Improv as “one of the preeminent bass voices in jazz today.”

-Victor Jones-  (drums)

Victor Jones got his start in Stan Getz’s band and has since performed and recorded with Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clarke, Michel Pettruciani, Dizzy Gillespie, Chaka Khan among others. One of the pioneers of “acid jazz”, Jones continues to lead his own group “Culturversey”, the current incarnation of which includes Jake Hertzog on guitar.

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Jake Hertzog Trio with Harvie S (bass) and Victor Jones (drums)

Friday  March 4th,

7:30pm - 9:30pm

The Miles Café Jazz Club

212 E. 52nd St. 3Fl.

(b/t 2nd & 3rd Ave.) New York, NY 10022

Conspirator - Coast to Coast and Back Again

Conspirator, the duo of Disco Biscuits’ staples Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner which often features guest musicians in the live setting, has announced a national tour of “full band” performances featuring Chris Michetti and a rotating cast of first-class drummers. The news comes on the heels of a series of performances that have created quite a bit of buzz among band and fans, alike.

While Brownstein and Magner have occasionally invited other musicians to their live shows, the “new Conspirator” has proven to be a new, “full band” sound emerging not only from the group’s mentality, but by featuring a solidified, returning, 4-piece lineup.

Live music fans have come to embrace Conspirator for their signature high energy, electronic-based sets and their legendary album, The Key, which has been a staple of the band’s live repertoire for years. Now, with a firmly set 4-piece band, fans can expect performances featuring increased live improv and a refreshing musical flow, peppered with some surprises. Inspired by new collaborations and the combined musical histories of the performers, Conspirator is set to get the scene talking in 2011.

“The energy coming off of the December Conspirator shows with Michetti was very exciting for Aron and I, and the fans have responded really well,” said Brownstein. “We knew right away we had to take this across the country. There are really exciting places a full band, this full band, can take the classic Conspirator sound. It’s a whole new show each night.”

Known throughout the live music world for high energy, creative guitar shredding with his band RAQ, Chris Michetti became much more familiar to Disco Biscuits fans throughout 2010 when he periodically accompanied the band on stage at places like Red Rocks, Camp Bisco, and on a number of Spring Tour performances. Michetti recently lent his signature handiwork to Conspirator during performances earlier this December, and anyone who caught the early phases of the “new Conspirator” will undeniably be psyched for round two and beyond.

The current list of confirmed Conspirator dates is as follows:

Jan 7 - Milford, CT - Daniel St

Jan 8 - Lancaster PA - Chameleon Club

Jan 14 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater

Jan 27 - Falls Church, VA - State Theater

Jan 28 - Syracuse, NY - Wescott Theater

Jan 29 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street

Feb 4 - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theater

Feb 5 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club

Feb 7 - Bozeman, MT - The Filling Station

Feb 8 - Missoula, MT - The Top Hat

Feb 9 - Portland, OR - Fez

Feb 10 - Seattle, WA - Club Motor

Feb 11 - Eureka, CA - Red Fox Tavern

Feb 12 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish

Feb 13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley

Feb 16 - Providence, RI - The Met

Feb 17 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall

Feb 18 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

Feb 19 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights, NY

Feb 20 - West Chester, PA - The Note

Feb 24 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall

Feb 25 - Chicago. IL - Congress Theater

Feb 26 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theater

Feb 27 - Grand Rapids MI - Intersection

March 1 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

March 2 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr Smalls

March 3 - Buffalo NY - Town Ballroom

March 4 -New York, NY - Gramercy Theaters

March 5 - East Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater

Ben Harper Spring & Summer Tour Dates

Ben Harper and Relentless7 will headline this year's Campus Consciousness Tour and play a string of dates in the Southeast. Pre-sale tickets are available now at Ben Harper Tickets (password: revolution). Public on sale starts February 25 at Ticketmaster and will stagger through March 3. See Tour Dates for more info.

Created by non-profit group Reverb, Campus Consciousness Tour is half music, half environmental campaign aiming to inspire and activate students in a fun and exciting atmosphere while leaving a positive impact on each community and college that the tour reaches.

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Europe Summer Tour Dates Announced

Pack your bags! Ben Harper and Relentless7 will be performing at summer festivals and opening for Pearl Jam this summer in Europe. Dates are still being added. View the complete tour itinerary.